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Britain Likely to Impose Full Lockdown, Liverpool Faces Tier 3


Mon 12 Oct 2020 | 03:09 PM
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It is likely that Britain will witness more restrictions on social activities in the coming period. A number of senior scholars have warned that the United Kingdom has reached a "turning point" regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus epidemic, similar to what it reached last March, which may lead to a new full lockdown.

The city of Liverpool is expected to face the most severe restrictions under the new “three-tier" system, which classifies areas as "medium", "high" or "very high in terms of the Covid-19 infections."

Britain's Liverpool recorded 600 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending 6 October, while the average in England was 74.

City leaders, including Mayor Steve Rotherham, said in a joint statement on Monday that the government had decided to implement more measures and a general lockdown on Liverpool.

"Bars, betting shops, casinos, adult game centers and gyms will be closed," the statement added.

"The seasons are working against us, and the country is facing unfavorable winds," said Jonathan Van Tamm, professor of medicine and vice president of the UK's National Health Care Authority.

He warned that there are possibilities of more British deaths in light of the high number of cases infected with the Covid-19.

The senior healthcare official also urged Britons to limit social activities that necessitate gatherings.

All eyes are on Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, who is expected to make a statement to reveal the details of new plans for a three-tier closure system, and every region in the United Kingdom is expected to fall under one category according to the degree to which the number of cases increases.

The new restrictions in Britain could include closing bars and restrictions on frequenting restaurants

The warnings of the chief medical officer in Britain coincided with concerns expressed by the opposition British Labor Party and companies about the possibility of the country being exposed to "multiplier effects" of the closure aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, which is expected to be announced next Monday.